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OUR STRENGTHS, SKILLS & SERVICES

Spiral Q uses art-making, organizing and our unique inquiry-based methodology to model and teach practical skills in collaboration, community organizing, advocacy and identifying and mobilizing shared resources. We see creative action as a catalyst. We can produce works for you, in collaboration with you, or consult with and train your team to create their own.

With our wide array of skills, Spiral Q artists work with partners to identify which services might best meet their needs. We take on long-term projects with multiple partners, as well as smaller one-off services and everything in between. And we love to travel! From here to San Diego and beyond, Spiral Q can dream big with you and work to bring those dreams to life. Call Spiral Q to set up an assessment, or hire us, today.

TEACHING & TRAINING

Working with folks of all ages to build skills, expand knowledge, and create art, Spiral Q artists come with a variety of backgrounds providing trainings in educational practices, art- and media-making, including but not limited to sculpture, movement and dance, printmaking, sound, theater, and poetry. We can create curricula to fit your needs, or put on one of our signature workshops.

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FACILITATION

Facilitating inclusive dialogues and leading collaborative and equitable planning processes, Spiral Q creates spaces for powerful collaboration and meaningful action. We believe that the process of dialogue can lead to exciting discoveries, particularly when we listen to learn, and learn to listen.

PLANNING & DESIGN

Needs assessment, vision-questing, strategy development. Spiral Q helps folks clarify objectives, develop creative communication and engagement strategies, design projects and tailor curriculum to advance our community partners’ goals.

NETWORK

Working with over 1,000 partners in our history, Spiral Q has a network of movers and shakers that we want to connect you with to make your project powerful.

COMMISSIONS & PRODUCTION

Creating puppets, props, theater works, design, movement, media and more, Spiral Q artists bring a variety of expertise. You can hire our team of artists to collaborate in creation, or make your own vision a reality.

PUBLIC PROGRAMMING

Planning parades, festivals, and exhibitions, Spiral Q can provide technical support, advise on permits and logistics, consult on engagement tactics, and more.

LOANS & BOOKINGS

Spiral Q has a “living” collection of giant puppets, banners, artwork, costumes, props and more that is available for loan to exhibitions and installations, or for use in performances and public actions. We can also bring the puppets to you –   book one of our productions, or request a puppet appearance at your next special event.

TOOLS

Resources available for short-term rental to enhance your events and public actions include tables, chairs, tools, drums, PA equipment and more.

WHO WE WORK WITH

YOUTH


Spiral Q’s work with pre-teens, teens and young adults emphasizes critical thinking and leadership development. We promote the power of self-determination and create safe spaces for expression from the personal to the political. Youth can connect with Spiral Q through volunteer opportunities and apprenticeships. Organizations can bring Spiral Q artists into youth program spaces through hired workshops and residencies.

ACTIVISTS


Committed to supporting our community member’s First Amendment rights, Spiral Q works with activists of all stripes and levels of experience to take their messaging to the next level. Consulting on messaging and tactics, leading production of puppets and props, checking out items from our collection, and loaning tools and materials are some of the ways we support activists in their work.

GROWN FOLKS


Spiral Q is not just for kids! We design and facilitate professional development opportunities for corporations and organizations, provide trainings for teachers and other education professionals, and we have deep experience leading storytelling, art and theater-making workshops with adult populations in residential treatment centers.

ARTISTS


Spiral Q supports artists that are aligned with our mission and work. We can provide work space, lend tools and equipment, donate materials, provide visibility opportunities, offer technical support and even act as a fiscal sponsor.

SCHOOLS


Spiral Q has worked in Philadelphia area schools for the past 17 years. Partnering with school administration and teachers designs arts projects that connect to common core curriculum, bring unity to school communities through shared experience and create space for student voice and innovation.

UNIVERSITIES


Spiral Q works with colleges and universities to connect our work and practice to curricula. This can range from in-depth multi-session arts trainings, to lectures on our practice, to participation in panel discussions, to linking students up to meaningful internship opportunities that connect their studies with real world experience.

ARTS ORGANIZATIONS


Combining creative forces is a beautiful thing. Spiral Q works with arts organizations of all kinds to enliven community events, elevate artistic performances, and enrich original exhibitions. Collaborations, commissions, consultations and collection loans can bring an arts organization’s work to a new exciting place.

COMMUNITY CONNECTORS


Spiral Q works with event producers, community development corporations and public institutions to strategize tactics for community engagement – from consultation on event design and outreach to creating hands-on participatory activities utilizing Spiral Q’s range of skills results in meaningful community connections.

PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS

Our community is rich with organizations and individuals who share our vision of a fair, just and creatively-engaged Philadelphia. Across neighborhoods, backgrounds and issues, we team up with others who apply their experience toward this shared goal. Together, we partner and collaborate on art-making, workshops, events, parades, actions, civic planning and a million glittering other ways that combine art and change in people’s lives.

Abington Art Center • ACT-UP • Action United • Action Without Boarders • AIDS Action • Allen Hilles Fund • Allied Mental Health • America Street Youth Opportunity Center • American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies • Arcadia University • Arch Street Ministry • ArtSpot Productions • The Attic • Audenreid Beacon School • Bache Martin School • Belmont Charter School • Berman Museum of Art • Blankenburg Elementary School • Bread and Roses Community Fund • Broad Street Ministry • Bryn Mawr College • BuildON • Burlington County • Caucus of Working Educators • Centro Nueva Creacion • Chester Eastside • Chester House • Coalition Against World Hunger • COHMAR • Community College of Philadelphia • Community Education Center • Congreso • Decarcerate PA • Delaware County Peace Center • Earth Quaker Action Team • Education Works • Every Mother is a Working Mother • Feltonville Intermediate School • Fitzsimmons High School • Food and Water Watch • Freire Charter School • Friends of Clark Park • GALAEI •  Germantown High School • Girard Medical Center • Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania • Girls Rock Philly • Gold Coast Buccaneers • Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger • Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance • Greater Philadelphia Puppet Guild • Greenfield Elementary School • Hunter School • Jobs with Justice • Julia de Burgos Beacon School • Lake Borgne Levee • Leeway Foundation • Locke Elementary • Martin Luther King High School • May Day USA • Mazzoni Center • Men in Motion in the Community • Middle Years Alternative • Mondo Bizarro • Moonstone School • Moore College of Art and Design • MoveOn • Mural Arts Program •Myers Recreation Center • National School and Community Corps • NCBI Philadelphia • Neighborhood Bike Works • New Freedom Theater • New Jerusalem • New Life Consumer Center • New Sanctuary Movement • Norris Square Community Association • North Philly Stompers • Occupy Philadelphia • Outward Bound • Parent Infant Center • PCCY • Pentridge Children’s Garden • Pendle Hill • People’s Emergency Center • Philadelphia Folklore Project • Philadelphia Food Not Bombs • Philadelphia Free Library • Philadelphia Marathon • Philadelphia Jewish Peace Network • Philly Student Union • Philadelphia Trans* March • Philadelphia Weed and Seed • Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative • Philadelphia Youth Network • Philly Against the War • Philly BDS • Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign • Powel School • Prince Music Theatre • Prometheus Radio Project • RAGE (Riders Against Gender Discrimination) • REDI, Inc. • Rhoads Elementary School • Richard and Friends in the Community • Rosenbach Museum & Library • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education • SEIU Healthcare PA • Sheridan Elementary School • Smith Memorial Playground • Society of Friends • Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition • St. Andrew’s School • St. Joseph’s University • Students for a Democratic Society • Swarthmore Mountain Justice • Temple Contemporary • Tyler School of Art • The Lighthouse • The Rotunda • Unite Here • United for Peace • University City District • University of Pennsylvania • University of the Arts • Urban Nutrition Initiative • Urban Tree Connection • Ursinus College • Village of Arts and Humanities • Walnut Hill Community Association • West Kensington Ministries • West Powelton Steppers • West Philly High • Women’s Community Revitalization Project